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5:20 PM ET, February 4, 2008


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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What you all are missing about Google  —  I'm surprised that even Kara Swisher has missed this.  The bloggers are going nuts, once again, over the email that a Google lawyer sent to Microsoft regarding Microsoft's proposed purchase of Yahoo.  —  Here's what's really going on:
Discussion: Bits, eWeek and ReadWriteWeb
Fred / A VC:
How Yahoo! Can Get Out Of The Microsoft Bear Hug  —  Let me start this post by saying that I don't think Microsoft will achieve its goal of obtaining some sort of balance and scale in the search market with an acquisition of Yahoo! If you look at the share of search that Google …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Reaches Out to Yahoo  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt offered Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang help in any effort to thwart Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6 billion bid.  Though regulatory concerns make a bid by Google unlikely, it could play a role in bids by others.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:   Yahoo Considering Google Alliance, Hitler's Pills
Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Announcing the RTM of Windows Vista SP1  —  Hi, Mike Nash here from the Windows Product Management group at Microsoft.  Today we are excited to announce that we have released Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista to manufacturing (RTM) for our first set of languages (English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese).
Media Alert: Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 to Manufacturing  —  Client and server operating systems help provide customers with increased efficiency, performance and security.  —  What: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released to manufacturing today …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Yahoo axes music service, strikes deal with Rhapsody  —  It's been a tumultuous few days for Yahoo—you know, with that takeover bid from Microsoft—but the company continues to shake things up internally, too.  —  On Monday, the company announced that it will discontinue …
Ian C Rogers / Yodel Anecdotal:
Music for the masses  —  Last year, shortly after I assumed the role of Yahoo! Music's General Manager, we started saying publicly that we were “de-emphasizing” our premium music offering, Yahoo! Music Unlimited.  The fact of the matter is that building a great premium music service takes …
Nick / Rough Type:
Who cut the cables?  —  Curiouser and curiouser.  Last Wednesday two undersea communication cables carrying Internet traffic were severed near Alexandria, Egypt, causing widespread outages in Egypt and India that left a reported 100 million people without Net access.
Simon Lauder / ABC News:
Conspiracy theories emerge after internet cables cut
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Yang e-mail reaches out to Yahoo employees  —  Wonder what Yahoo chief executive Jerry Yang and the company's nonexecutive chairman, Roy Bostock, said to the troops on Friday, after Microsoft launched its unsolicited $44.6 billion bid?  —  Here's the text of the e-mail they sent to employees …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
CFO: Microsoft likely to go into debt for Yahoo deal  —  Microsoft has historically been renowned for its huge cash holdings, and its ability to avoid going into debt, but the company will probably need to borrow for the first time to help cover the cash portion of its giant Yahoo bid.
Nathalie Thomas / Scotsman:
Microsoft to face rivals in Yahoo battle
Business Wire:
Kodak Revolutionizes Image Capture with New High-Resolution CMOS Image Sensor  —  Industry's First 1.4 Micron, 5 Megapixel, High-ISO CMOS Sensor Combines Two New KODAK Technologies for Better Pictures from a Smaller Sensor  —  ROCHESTER, N.Y.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) …
Discussion: Engadget, CyberNet and IntoMobile
AlexB / yourminis:
Goowy acquired by AOL!  —  We have been working closely in partnership with AOL since early 2007.  During this time, we've had an opportunity to see AOL grow and evolve as a company.  For this reason, among others, we're thrilled to announce that AOL has acquired Goowy.
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft wants to bring Surface home sooner  —  When people get a chance to try out Microsoft's Surface touch-screen tabletop computer, they often wish they could take one home.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Monday that the company is trying to speed up that process after getting a lot of demand for a consumer version.
Discussion: Electronista, ParisLemon and CrunchGear
Tom Krazit / CNET
Rumor: New MacBook Pros on the way?  —  With Apple's MacBook Air having reached store shelves, it might not be too much longer before the company updates the rest of its notebook lineup.  —  MacRumors notes fresh evidence—of sorts—that Apple is getting ready to launch revamped MacBook Pros in February.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Google: Like A Rock (That Is, Falling Like One)  —  Google has thus far today dropped another 5% of its stock price to drop below the $500 mark for the first time since last August.  Remember, up until the final days in December the stock was still over $700 a share, and it was near the $750 a share level …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
EA bets PS3 will best Xbox 360 sales in 2008  —  Hold onto your lunch, we're looking at quite the turnaround in fortunes for the PS3 if EA's sales predictions for 2008 hold true.  With a hot new SKU on the shelves, an unlikely Halo killer, strong market share in Europe and that profitability milestone crossed …
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Ina Fried / CNET
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